June 2, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - Tulane University continued action at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday at the University of Oregon.
Sophomore Marie Ahlander (Arsta, Sweden), who earned All-America honors during the indoor season in the triple jump, had a leap of 12.40 meters, finishing 14th place in the nation. Shelly-Ann Gallimor from Auburn won the event with a jump of 13.29 meters.
In addition, junior Catherine Betz (Metairie, La.), making her first NCAA appearance, placed 17th in the javelin with a throw of 139-06 feet. The winner was USC's Inga Stasiulionyte with a throw of 172-04.
Saturday marks the final day of action at the National Championship. Tulane junior Solomon Kandie (Nairobi, Kenya) competes in the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Last year, he finished third in the event. In the preliminary heats, he posted the top time on Thursday. The championship round starts at 8:45 p.m. (CST). Also in action will be senior Noel Comrie (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica), who competes in the triple jump at 6 p.m.
Junior Nathan Junius (New Orleans, La.) had Tulane's top finish of the year so far, taking third place in the javelin. That finish matches the best-ever finish for a Tulane athlete in track and field.